”On Time” – Dimensions of marine and coastal global environmental change.

The workshop was held in Stockholm October 20-21. Download the-on-time-workshop-report

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers from the larger Future Earth community who are working with complex maritime and coastal environments. Although aimed at a broader interdisciplinary audience, the starting point will signify perspectives derived from the social sciences, humanities and the environmental sciences, reflecting the co-organizing international research projects; the Earth System Governance Project which is the largest social science research network in the area of governance and GEC (global environmental change); and the Integrated History and Future of People on Earth’s (IHOPE) whose long-term, human-scale perspective unites Earth system science with the social sciences, the humanities and communities of practice.

The purpose is to identify new transdisciplinary research approaches to current challenges to these environments caused by GEC. We envision that the workshop will result in a network that is well positioned in Sweden and is strongly connected to the international GEC community, ready to respond to upcoming international calls, such as the Horizon 2020 RIA Cultural heritage of European coastal and maritime regions and proposed Belmont Forum CRAs. Another tangible outcome of this collaboration will be IHOPEs support and involvement in the emerging Task Force on Ocean Governance within the Earth System Governance Project.

Time is a fundamental variable within each of the social sciences, humanities and the environmental sciences, but time and different aspects of time – e.g. long-term, short-term, past, present, future – are rarely discussed between disciplines. An interdisciplinary workshop, aimed at a discussion of time and temporal aspects of human agency in maritime and coastal environments, we argue is an effective starting point for creating shared transdisciplinary languages and in the extension new research initiatives. Hence, the workshop will discuss and identify time aspects of current research questions and policy challenges that could be at the core of strategic, long-term research and policy work on marine and coastal zone issues.



The workshop will run over two days and is based on 6 sessions. The first welcome and opening session will include two keynote presentations addressing the workshop theme. The second session will contain a series of research presentations addressing the theme from different angles. The third session will place the workshop theme in the context of national and international research funding landscapes. This session will include presentations by representatives of stakeholders, funding organisations and governmental institutions.

The three initial sessions serves as a starting point for the discussions of the second day. The opening session of Day 2, is a shorter plenary session aiming for summarising and discussing the results of Day 1, preparing for the fifth session which will be organised in smaller group discussions. The sixth and final session is a plenary discussion, recapturing and taking stock of the two days as well as looking ahead towards next steps and opportunities.



Confirmed Speakers

Professor Paul Lane

Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University


Dr. Maurits W. Ertsen

Water Resources Management Group Department of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEG), Delft University of Technology (DUT)


Dr. Tom Dawson

School of History, University of St Andrews


Dr. Qiong Zhang

Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University


Dr. Margherita Pieraccini

University of Bristol Law School


Dr. Martin LeTissier

Executive Director, Future Earth Coasts


Dr. Lau Blaxekjær

University of the Faroe Islands


Professor Georgia Destouni

Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University


Professor Hens Runhaar

Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University




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